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adults and families learning to quahog
Adults and families learn how to quahog during a Bay Adventure with the Coalition.

It's your Bay, so get outside and enjoy it! The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers unique, exciting outings for adults and families all year long as part of our commitment to connect communities with the outdoors. Our Bay Adventures get you outside to explore the Bay we all love.

Upcoming Bay Adventures

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Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP, contact us:

First Friday Watershed Trail Run

First Friday of each month • 7-8am

trail through woods
Join a group of dedicated runners for the Watershed Trail Running Series, held on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November at a different trail around the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Join us on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November for the watershed trail running series, open to runners of all abilities! Explore the trails and enjoy the spectacular outdoors in the morning with a group dedicated to promoting the use of pre-scouted trails across the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Dates and Locations

Learn to Quahog

Saturday, Sept. 12 & Sunday, Sept. 27

a family quahogging
Learn how to quahog during one of these free Bay Adventures.

Join the Coalition to learn how to harvest your own quahogs on Sept. 12 in Wareham and Sept. 27 in New Bedford. We'll teach you the basics of local quahogging — what you need, how to do it, and where to go. These events will be fun and educational for the whole family.

Dates and Locations

  • Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1-3pm at Burgess Point, Wareham (meet at Onset Pier)
  • Sunday, Sept. 27 from 12:30-2:30pm at Fort Taber, New Bedford

Cost

Free

SUP Buzzards Bay: Learn to Stand Up Paddeboard

Sunday, Sept. 13 • 9-11am

stand up paddleboarding
Explore the Bay by paddleboard during this free learn to paddleboard program.

Learn a new skill and explore one of Buzzards Bay's beautiful waterways during this unique Buzzards Bay Blueways Bay Adventure. SUP – or stand up paddleboarding – is easy to learn, great exercise, and a fun way to experience Buzzards Bay. We’ll provide the boards, instructors, and everything else you need to have a great experience.

Note: Registration for this program is full. Contact us to be placed on a waiting list.

Location

Apponagansett Point Recreation Area (77 Gulf Rd., Dartmouth)

Cost

Free – Program funded by the National Park Service as part of Buzzards Bay Blueways

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers

Wednesdays: Sept. 16, 23, 30 & Oct. 7 • 10-11am

young family walks along the beach
Explore a beach, a forest, and a park with your young children during Itty Bitty Bay Explorers.

Get your little ones to discover the outdoors through Itty Bitty Bay Explorers, a series of four free outings on Wednesdays in September and October in New Bedford. Through fun games, stories, and hands-on activities, your whole family will learn about Buzzards Bay’s animals, plants, and habitats.

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers is recommended for families with young children. We encourage you to attend all four programs, but it is not required. During outdoor exploration days near the water, families should dress to get wet and sandy/muddy.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

Family Friday Explorations

Fridays: Sept. 18, 25 & Oct. 2 • 5-6pm

kids explore the woods
Explore trees, marshes, and more with your family during Family Friday Explorations in Wareham and Plymouth.

Get your whole family exploring the outdoors during Family Friday Explorations, a series of three free outings in September and October in Wareham and Plymouth offered by the Coalition and Wareham Land Trust. Through fun games and hands-on activities, your family will learn about the Buzzards Bay region’s animals, plants, and habitats.

Family Friday Explorations is recommended for families with elementary school-aged children. We encourage you to attend all three programs, but it is not required.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

Fall Equinox Sunset Walk

Wednesday, Sept. 23 • 6-7pm

the Knob at sunset
Watch the sun set over Buzzards Bay on this free evening walk.

Watch the sun set on another great summer on this guided walk at The Knob in Falmouth, one of Buzzards Bay’s most beautiful and special coastal places. Offered by the Coalition in partnership with the Quissett Harbor Preservation Trust, the Quissett Harbor House Land Trust, and the Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries.

Location

The Knob, Falmouth (park in marked spaces at the end of Quissett Harbor Road)

Cost

Free

Westport River Kayak Expedition

Saturday, Sept. 26 • 9-11am

kayakers on Westport River
Join us for a free kayak expedition on the Westport River.

Come experience the beautiful and peaceful Westport River on this Buzzards Bay Blueways Expedition. Open to paddlers of all experience levels. Kayaks are available.

Location

Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures (489 Old County Rd., Westport)

Cost

Free – Program funded by the National Park Service as part of Buzzards Bay Blueways

Family Friday Explorations

Fridays: Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30 • 5-6pm

kids make their own fishing poles
Explore trees, marshes, and more with your family during Family Friday Explorations in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett.

Get your whole family exploring the outdoors during Family Friday Explorations, a series of four free outings in October in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett offered by the Coalition. Through fun games and hands-on activities, your family will learn about the Buzzards Bay region’s animals, plants, and habitats.

Family Friday Explorations is recommended for families with elementary school-aged children. We encourage you to attend all three programs, but it is not required.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

Pick Your Own Cranberries

Saturday, Oct. 17 • 9-11am

cranberry picking
Pick your own fresh, local cranberries during this Bay Adventure in Mattapoisett.

Nothing says fall in the Buzzards Bay region quite like the annual cranberry harvest. Come pick your own fresh, local cranberries at the Coalition’s Mattapoisett River Reserve, where wild cranberries grow in 50 acres of retired bogs. In addition to cranberry picking, Coalition staff will talk about the history and ecological importance of the Mattapoisett River Reserve, which has been protected forever to preserve its natural features.

Location

The Bogs

Cost

Free

Wednesday Walkabouts

Wednesdays: Oct. 21 & 28, Nov. 4, 11 & 18 • 10-11am

woman walking through the woods
Take a walk through the woods in Falmouth on Wednesday mornings in June.

Come join the Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust for a morning stroll through conservation lands around Wareham and Bourne. Not only is walking outdoors great exercise for your body and mind, but you’ll also learn about history and ecology along the way.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

Storybook Walk

Throughout November

kids reading a storybook walk
Take a fall storybook walk with your family at Tripps Mill this November.

Throughout the month of November, you can take a storybook walk with your family at Tripps Mill in Mattapoisett. The Coalition will set up a story along the trail that embraces the beauty the changing seasons. Visit anytime between dawn and dusk to go on a self-guided family adventure.

Location

Tripps Mill, Mattapoisett

Cost

Free

Glacial Moraine Hike

Sunday, Nov. 1 • 10am-12pm

hikers along the glacial moraine
Take a guided morning hike along Falmouth's Moraine Trail at Long Pond. (Image: The 300 Committee)

Join us for a guided hike along the central section of the Moraine Trail, winding along the spine of the glacial moraine that stretches from Bourne to Woods Hole. Learn about this unique area on this 3.5-mile hike along the slopes of Long Pond, a kettle hole formed along the edge of the glacial moraine.

Location

Moraine Trail (Central Section) at Long Pond in Falmouth (meet at Goodwill Park)

Cost

Free